There are a number of home repairs that can give a return on investment of at least 50% of the value in terms of cost and effort. Here are some areas you can win big, mostly with just a small change.
1. Painting the outside
This will make the whole house look clean and fresh.
2. Repainting or replacing the door
A fresh lick of paint could be just what you need to perk up the front of the house and make it look more welcoming. But if the door is very weathered, or looks old-fashioned, consider a modern new door with upper glass panels to help let light in, and modern locks that can help your home stay secure.
3. New numbers for the door
If the numbers are old and look weather-beaten, or you want something to stand out more, new numbers are a cheap way to perk things up.
4. New windows
This is a bigger investment that will require pros, but modern new windows that are energy- and security-conscious can really update a home. They can also save on the cost of heating in winter and air conditioning in the summer. Windows that have narrow top openings will ventilate the home and can be left open with little risk of burglars breaking in.
5. A new desk
A new desk can add to the beauty, value and desirability of a home.
Landscaping can perk up any lawn or garden. Get rid of weeds, bald spots on the lawn, and more.
7. Perk up your patio
Clean the tiles and get rid of any weeds. Add some inexpensive furniture or arrange what you have, to make it inviting.
8. Consider fencing the property
This is a good idea if there might be any issues with boundaries, or there are some tricky neighbors.
9. Outside lighting
You will have buyers coming at all hours of the day and night. An inviting garden path and home entryway that is well lit and looks welcoming can help them feel like they are coming home.
10. Stupendous storage
Every homeowner will want to make the most of whatever storage areas are available. The first step is to declutter your home as much as possible. Donate, dump or put into commercial storage anything that you haven’t used in the past couple of years. Clean out the garage and add shelving around the walls. Consider buying a free-standing tool shed to store all your gardening implements, mower and so on.
If you have a basement or attic, make sure they can be accessed easily up and down, with storage space. Don’t cram kitchen cabinets and closets. Consider asking neighbors if you can borrow space in their garage for anything you really need to have to hand until the house finally sells.
11. A finished basement
Adding a whole new room to any house can add considerable value.
12. A finished attic
This is another way to add another room to the house and increase its value. In both cases, make sure the space is multi-purpose, such as with a sofa bed and shelves, rather than turning it into a bedroom.
13. An all-purpose master bedroom
Consider furniture, fixtures, fittings and color schemes to create a master bedroom that is warm and inviting for both genders. Get rid of flowers, frills and lace in favor of a more modern look.
14. Update the kitchen
Replace old appliances with new Energy-saver models. Give your cabinets a facelift, such as new handles or doors. Update appliances with stainless-steel look stick-on film.
15. Update the bathroom
A new toilet seat, shower curtain, and matching linens and mat can give the room a whole new look. Consider replacing an old vanity unit in a small room with a pedestal sink. Paint over any ugly, old-fashioned tiles.
These repairs are really worth it in terms of cost and effort, and will make your home easier to sell.